The Bachelor and the Bride
by Sarah M. Eden
If you have not read any of the Dread Penny Society novels by Sarah M. Eden then I implore you to do so ASAP. They can all be read as standalone stories, but I don’t recommend reading these books out of order. The characters in book 1 are as important in book 4 as they are in book 1, and the same goes for every other book in the series. Plus, the AMAZING reveal at the end of book 4 will have a better impact if you’ve read this series in order. Seriously, every book in this series is great, but book 4 is stupendous. I highly recommend this book. You can read my thoughts HERE.
About the Book
”A plethora of secrets and a thrilling mystery makes this fresh take on arranged marriage a treat.” —Publishers Weekly
”Centers on a heroine’s unrequited love with lots of twists and turns.” —Library Journal
Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society. Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers. But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.
When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power. Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.
Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus—and his lonely heart. But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.